Getting Ready for the Emmys

WWD chats with Roma Downey of “The Bible,” The Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min, John Benjamin Hickey of “The Big C,” among others.

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Roma Downey

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Roma Downey, “The Bible” miniseries
Wearing Michael Kors

WWD: What makes the Emmys special to you?
R.D.: This one is special because in the past I’ve been nominated a few times as an actress and this time as a producer, and I get to share that with my husband, who has also been nominated in the past. So for us to get to walk this red carpet hand in hand with a project that we have poured our hearts and souls into, “The Bible” miniseries,” to be up for a miniseries is very thrilling, very gratifying, very exciting.

WWD: How are you preparing for the awards?
R.D.: We are bringing our children, our teenage children, are coming with us, and these last few evenings have been a swirl of activity of loads of parties. It’s a bit complicated for us because we live out in the depths of Malibu, so it’s a schlep into town but it’s worth it. It feels validating to be honored in this way with such amazing projects in the category. The show was successful with an enormous rating; 100 million people tuned in and sometimes that doesn’t translate when it comes to awards. The fact that the Academy nominated the show is great fun for us; and an excuse to get dressed up. I got to borrow a beautiful gown it’s amazing I feel like a gazillion dollars in it. Some jewelry will be borrowed from Martin Katz, and my husband is going to look very dapper in a navy blue tux.

WWD: Did you pick out his outfit?
R.D.: I sure did. He loves to get dressed up. He’s got a little style, he’s a London boy, so he’s got a little style to him.

WWD: What are you looking forward to most tonight?
R.D.: Tonight, just to seeing some old friends, it’s all good for our industry this week. It’s a chance to salute the best in our business and see friends that we haven’t seen in a while.

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